A garden true to the playful atmosphere of 18th-century gardens with the original still-functioning water features that drenched the villa’s illustrious guests: Stendhal, Rossini, Casanova and Napoleon to name but a few.
The 18th-century garden, dominated by the tall villa building crowned by a roof terrace, features three terraces. The first level, at the bottom of a double-ramp staircase, is square-shaped, with a fountain at the centre and divided into four large sections that today feature palms at their centres. The citrus tree espaliers are placed against the perimeter walls, while the steps are flaked by openings leading to the grottos adorned with fountains and mechanical moving figures. The central grotto is dedicated to Neptune and features a hydraulic-pressure revolving scene while in the grotto on the right there is a restored Lucifer automaton. There are other water features on this level of the garden, such as a series of water jets hidden in the ground along the paths among the flowerbeds. The second level was once used as a flower garden, with the Siren Fountain at its centre. From here, a double flight of stairs leads to a third level, a semi-circular terrace with a view, surrounded a cypress-tree exedra. Here starts a path lined with statues and cypress trees leading to the lowest level and terminating with a double turret entrance. A second path, flanked by magnificent conical yew trees, leads to the “Teatrino di verzura”, a garden-theatre made with steps dug into the ground and a cypress-tree backdrop.
The first level of the garden is home to surprising water features. The diary of Monsignor Lancisi, who was sent to the duchy of Urbino by Pope Clement XI in the early 18th century, documents the presence of mechanic features, hissing sound effects, and trickling water showers on a par with those of Tivoli and Frascati.
The “Galleria degli Stucchi”
Inside the villa there are rooms with mythological and botanical paintings. The “Galleria degli Stucchi”, completed in 1795, is of particular interest and owes its name to eight large stucco wall panels with remarkable decors.
A villa among villas
Villa Caprile is situated in an area that was much favoured by the Pesaro aristocracy for the construction of their suburban residences. Only at short distance there is Villa Vismara Currò (formerly known as Villa Almerici), today home to a garden centre.
Wines and oils
The "Antonio Cecchi" Istituto Tecnico e Professionale Agrario, one of the most important agricultural institutes in central Italy, is situated in the estate. The school’s cultivations produce excellent red and white wines and award-winning oils.